Posts Tagged: Southwest Chief

The Southwest Chief: Video Tour of an Overnight Train

Travel blogger Kelley Ferro recently trained on one of our awesome overnight trains. Check out her video tour above of the epic Southwest Chief which connects Chicago and Los Angeles! If you don't know anything about the Southwest Chief, it's one of Amtrak's long-distance trains. In fact, it's an overnight train that crosses across the mighty Mississippi River, through eight states and past wheat fields, mountains ...

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Kansas City ‘Embraces Trying Out Big Ideas’, Expert Says

Kansas City ‘Embraces Trying Out Big Ideas’, Expert Says

Last year Matt Staub was brave enough to race an $80,000 Jaguar against our Southwest Chief. It was the ultimate face-off with Matt enjoying the race from the luxury of one of our comfy long-distance roomettes. To say he keeps Kansas City "Team Train" (he even had the support of elected officials!) would be an understatement. So we caught up ...

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Birthday Boy Builds Tradition of Travel

Birthday Boy Builds Tradition of Travel

Hold the cake, candles and ice cream. Jake likes to celebrate his birthday out on the open rails. "When I looked at the map, no matter where I wanted to go for my birthday, Amtrak was the way to go," he says. "It grew from there. That combined with Amtrak [Guest] Rewards points; I thought, 'I should make a habit ...

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Photo of the Week!

Photo of the Week!

This edition of Photo of the Week is brought to you by Nick who captured this warm and sunny pic while onboard our Southwest Chief, that runs between LA and Chicago. The Southwest Chief is one of Amtrak's long-distance trains. It travels across the mighty Mississippi, through eight states and past wheat fields, mountains and even deserts. Some of the coolest parts about the trip ...

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5 New Reasons to Explore Chicago

5 New Reasons to Explore Chicago

Take any of Amtrak's 11 trains that go to Chicago to see these five cool attractions! From either coast, we can help you experience all the Windy City has to offer. Plus our station even has its own Hollywood attraction to see. Check it out here! 1. Second City You like Tina Fey and Steve Carell, right? Well, then you'll love the ...

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Inside Our Bedroom Suites

Inside Our Bedroom Suites

You know how movies like Now & Then, The Sandlot or, say, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure make you want to hangout with your besties and set off for some high jinx? Well, in our completely unbiased opinion, we think the best thing to do with your friends is to enjoy a great train adventure! Wondering how exactly the sleeping ...

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Welcome to the Observation Car!

Welcome to the Observation Car!

There’s lots of reasons why trains are better than cars for long trips, but the observation car has to be one of the best. What’s that? Gasp! You don’t know what an observation car is? Let us school you … Our observation cars are part of our double-decker trains that run long distances mainly west of Chicago. What makes the ...

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Five Sites for Top LA Attractions

Five Sites for Top LA Attractions

It's the City of Angels, Kardashians and Lakers. And, lucky you, we can take you there on five different routes! If you're planning to visit Los Angeles this summer, there's tons of attractions you're going to want to see, including our very own iconic train station (check out the photo above!). It's been in movies like The Dark Knight, The Italian Job ...

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Photo of the Week!

Photo of the Week!

This week's Photo of the Week comes courtesy of Richard, who is tugging on our heartstrings with this artistic shot of two travelers onboard our Southwest Chief in New Mexico. If you're not shedding a single tear or humming "Lean on Me" after seeing this photo, we're questioning your judgement. The Southwest Chief, which travels the more than 2,000 miles between Chicago and LA, ...

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Take the Train to the ‘Smile Hi’ City on May 11

Take the Train to the ‘Smile Hi’ City on May 11

La Junta, Colo., Mayor Don Rizzuto says his city is one of the best small towns in the country, and on May 11 you can check it out for yourself! This National Train Day, La Junta will be hopping with free kids’ activities sponsored by Disney Channel's Chuggington, interactive and educational exhibits, model train displays and giveaways.

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Train Day Just Got Better in Albuquerque

Train Day Just Got Better in Albuquerque

Were you one of the thousands of people who got the chance to tour our Exhibit Train last year? If so, you’re in luck! If not, you’re also in luck! We’re back with another rolling exhibit that hits the open rails this spring. The brand new train will be featured at National Train Day, May 11, in Albuquerque, NM. The ...

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The Very First (Ever) Photo of the Week

The Very First (Ever) Photo of the Week

Our very first Photo of the Week was submitted by Robyn A. (cue the applause!) This beautiful shot was taken as she traveled between Chicago and Flagstaff, Ariz., on our Southwest Chief. Along that route, you can catch sunsets like this one and even travel near the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Hop on a quick shuttle to the Grand ...

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How to Score a Great Meal on a Train

Having a great meal on an Amtrak long-distance train is like no other dining you’ve done before. Along with the gorgeous scenery outside your window, we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner on most of our routes, and those occasions are a great way to meet your fellow passengers, break up long trips and experience train travel at its best. For ...

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